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not pirates but offenders president ford says greenpeace activists broke international law when they tried to climb aboard an offshore platform to protest against drilling for oil in the arctic. sea when council weapons team resumes its broken syria following criticism that its previous findings were one sided and inconclusive. residents off a british colonial outpost in the atlantic are saying they are being ousted to make room for u.s. military base. this
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is r.t. live from moscow with me marina joshie welcome to the program thirty iressa greenpeace activists are in temporary custody after being questioned by russian authorities the campaigners face charges for trying to storm an oil platform to protest against drilling in the arctic now this is where they are being held right now you're looking at live pictures there and that's russia's northwestern port city of more man's a criminal case on suspicion of piracy has been opened by investigators the activists could get up to fifteen years jail if convicted present while they were put in brought up the incident at the international arctic form as artie's of war piskun off reports. environmental security in the arctic is what this forum is all about and it's widely understood that the arctic itself is quite a fragile system and any misuse any accidents there would lead to major consequences and last week's incident with a group of greenpeace activists who tried to board the floating oil platform in the
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north of russia and were detained was also talked about here and according to the president clearly the activists are not pirates but they still violated the law and . it would be better if greenpeace representatives sat with us together in this hall and told us what they think about the problems we're discussing they could state their complaints demands and concerns no one is trying to brush them aside would gather for meetings like this specifically to discuss such problems it's obvious they are not pirates but they tried to storm the platform our security forces and border troops did not know who exactly was trying to seize the platform under the greenpeace guys but it's obvious these people violated international law by coming dangerously close to the platform. according to investigators by attempting to board the floating platform the activist didn't only put at risk the
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alliance of its workers but also created a threat to the environment to the third time that russia is organizing this forum and currently it's taking place in the city of the only city located exactly on the arctic circle around four hundred experts have gathered here from across the world we've heard from the presidents of russia finland iceland and the representative of the arctic council all talking about environmental issues and environmental security of the arctic in general like i said it's widely understood that any misuse or accidents will lead to severe consequences which the future generations will have to deal with that's why according to president putin only companies with experience working in the arctic and the financial resources to do it properly have to be allowed to develop energy there is a recognition that there is a strong connection between the changes in the natural environment and social
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economic conditions i am of the a billion that. we do not have to back up we are going forward there are all kinds of really remarkably new ways of providing energy not only about current energy projects and future energy projects but also about cleaning up the heritage of the cold war era like abandoned military bases military hardware tens of thousands of barrels with oil which are still there left not only by the soviet union but by the united states and canada and it's also widely understood here that it's not only the responsibility of one country to clean that up but really the responsibility of the international community. but as world powers team up to discuss how to better protect the arctic psychology disputes over its massive oil and gas fields are definitely heating up and also includes the potential threat of current theories increasing their military presence in the region as to fans expert simon was a man explained to us earlier. just told about it's about them occasional false
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their territorial claims to talk about behavior of the decks to call traits in certain types of sets and rescue and those kind of things but it's still that you have areas which explained by by two or more countries where both countries are more than two countries are patrolling sending ships or aircraft and when they meet each other it's always a little bit tricky what are you going to do how much do you take from the other side and something can actually go wrong there is a risk clearly and an increasing trend on the five countries to increase their presence to military presence in the arctic. now u.n. inspectors are back in theory a to investigate more cases of alleged chemical weapons use the team earlier
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concluded that nerve gas had been used on a large scale last month and that report did not assign blame but was still used by western powers to build a case against the syrian government russia called the u.n. findings inconclusive and one sided policy or has the latest. the team was established by the un secretary general ban ki moon and it is being headed by swedish scientists dr kay cells from the convoy of supplied united nations cause arrived at a central hotel in damascus shortly before midday on the wings day we understand that there are at least some eight u.n. investigators participating in this investigation the team was in syria last month and in a report that was handed to the united nations on the sixteenth of september it concluded that it had clear and convincing evidence that sarin gas had been used in an attack on the twenty first of august in the suburbs of damascus in which hundreds of people were killed and up to cells from has said that they're supported
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was an initial finding it is an initial document and that their purpose now is to look into other allegations we do expected to examine some thirteen to fourteen attacks that took place inside syria during this thirteen month conflict the team does say that it hopes to position to its final findings addressing all of these accusations possibly by the end of october now there has been criticism as to the fact that the team candle cannot conclude whether or not chemical gas was used but it's not going to be able to say who was behind these chemical attacks and indeed this is not one of the missions of this particular investigation moscow has also pointed out that u.n. inspectors ignored evidence that was handed to them by syria it was handed to them secretly and that this evidence was ignored as a result of russia saying that this initial report was biased and needs reinvestigation now the un report on last month's chemical weapons attack is
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riddled with inconsistency according to political analysts charminar want to scrutinize the report and sound up her findings. in the human sampling for instance there in consistencies with with the symptoms. by for victims and survivors that are not atypical and not our conventional understanding of what occurs in a nerve gas exposure some very stark ones in the environmental sampling it appears that in the west. where the human sampling showed almost one hundred percent positive there are no samples taken by the u.n. team that show aaron there are a few samples taken that show degradation of sarin but even these are not consistent and within both the labs there could be false positives i started to write about it i asked questions and then i looked for other and consistencies and
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found them there to be found i don't think any report is perfect so we said what if i only had one jump to conclusions ok what about the consequences of those inconsistency and what sort of impact could that have on the perception of the situation in the country. i think i don't know there are going to be huge ramifications because the political level is operating by itself right now they're looking at removing chemical weapons from from from syria so so a certain part of this process has moved to had the u.n. now as a result of all these holes in its original report needs to address these and ensure for itself that it has the proper access and time to investigate other areas of alleged chemical weapons attacks. well the syrian conflict is also a key focal point of discussions and the ongoing un general assembly the president of neighboring iran stood up to call for a peaceful solution some brawny also took the chance to fan he's country's nuclear
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program let's not cross live to marina developments for us and you want to send me there item arenas so do tell us what argument that the new iranian president put forward in his debut address at the united nations. that's right the iranian president did address the world body for the first time on tuesday and his speech was largely absent of any vitriolic israel rhetoric instead he offered up a chance to negotiate with the u.s. and its allies over iran's disputed nuclear program standing before a world leaders he declared president hassan rouhani declared that nuclear weapons have no place in iran he said his country is ready to remove all concerns about the peaceful nature of its nuclear program and that iran does not seek to increase tensions with the united states he says he believes this country is an anchor of stability in the stable region where iran is located he said the
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iranian threat that has been perpetrated for many years is imaginary and he believes that it's been used as an excuse for other misdeeds by certain countries president. said that iran poses absolutely no threat to the world or to the region he also said there is no military solution to the conflicts in the in the region and that iran seeks to resolve all issues not create them he once again underscored that iran is ready to willing to be ready and willing to cooperate with the west and believes the best way to manage differences is on equal footing with mutual respect it what he was essentially saying in his speech is that he's trying to assure in a new chapter with the international community and wants the international community particularly the u.s. and its allies to treat iran with respect and like an equal. well
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around seems like to be the center stage there but also u.n. security council members are still trying to hammer out a resolution on tackling syria's weapons of mass destruction any progress being made of the or the general assembly as far as that is she is concerned. well we do know that the members of the security council are hammering out the text that would be put into this draft resolution we did hear u.s. president barack obama addressed the international body on tuesday and he said that there needs to be our strong resolution of voted on and adopted that make sure the syrian government observes all its obligations and the resolution would spell out consequences if damascus failed to live up to his promise to hand over all. international security forces which was subsequently then destroy the chemical arsenal french president francois hollande when he spoke to the general assembly
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called for the resolution to have a possible military strike option and that if damascus does not live up to its obligations that the international community would be able to then take military action that would have to be a chapter seven resolution which russia and china have not supported but they've said over and over again they would not support something like that but russia's foreign minister sergei lavrov did have a bilateral meeting with u.s. secretary of state john kerry on tuesday that meeting both men called constructive with russia and the u.s. agreeing to continue to push towards destroying all chemical weapons in syria under international supervision foreign minister lavrov stressed that all chemical weapons including hazardous material he says needs to be destroyed he says there's a lot of concern that the syrian opposition possesses hazardous material. russian
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russia's top diplomat also expressed concern about the pushing of this military option in for the u.n. security council draft resolution because he says that that is something that once again russia does not support but he did express hope that the u.n. security council would would decide come to a consensus on a resolution and then it would be adopted in the coming days immediately after require decision is announced by the organization for the prohibition of chemical weapons in the hague. thanks very much indeed for bringing us the submarine aboard neither reporting from new york or the you want to spend weeks taking place. now more from our team after this break including how the olympic flame is set for the very high jump it's only go kill boldly go on a unique torch track and say you were the source of games for you will be chatting in just a few minutes here on r.t. of course and with jobs in record short supply the french are looking for
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affordable ways to keep busy while they wait and work learn about their classic solution in a couple of minutes here on r.t. . the island is so small that the burmese it's the center see the center of the universe. want to try new island the size of a football field in the middle of a lake stands a ruined monastery forty years ago two lovers decided to spend their honeymoon here . they have no idea but the island could change their lives forever but they would change the fate of the island. never seen anything like this before it's going to cover the pulse. in the borders of ice is grown in just one hour and it's only the beginning.
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welcome back this is r.t. now a tiny remnants of the british empire in the middle of the atlantic ascension island used to be home to barely a thousand people but even their dwindling numbers are in jeopardy this remote doat dot in essential is essential oil in fact sixteen hundred kilometers from africa and twenty two hundred kilometers from brazil historically
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a safe haven for mariners and it's now being dominated by a u.s. military base and some residents are crying out for help arches or smith reports. it's a tiny island in the mid atlantic made a volcanic rock and covered in pitch. but to eight hundred people. but now the story of ascension island. the big another diego garcia the british and indian ocean islands whose inhabitants will leave to make way for a u.s. base despite having lived through generations islanders accuse the governments of. families who've been there for more than a century ten years ago and older so difference person was promising democratic institutions for the island's a legal right to live and to own property it wanted a viable community but today the population's already decreased by a war with communities replaced by contract work because we're tired or unemployed
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people eighteen to leave and the similarities with. the dominant feature on the island is you guessed it an american base heavily used during president obama's recent trip to africa there are also satellites and submarine tracking stations and one of those now infamous listening posts run by g c h q the british government now conveniently insists ascension has no indigenous population and many residents believe they intend to evacuate the island completely and abandon it to the americans from the dreams of a permanent home they had a decade ago. to haul in the special relationship. now david landis family originates from the island you sad it's outrageous that british citizens could be forced out on the whim of the us military. i have been
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there several times though and i say most most people on ascension out of our sense of indian origin in my family seven years ago i was born there there is a very very strong sense that ascension of it is being but one might almost say starve to death there is a precarious kind of political representation there is the absence of guaranteed property rights or due to very much property rights after all people are born they have people to live their entire working lives their people do wish to retire there but cannot do so may not do so it's not that they said this it is this is because once we think there's any serious doubt because of pressure from the american base which is largely intelligence related and it is a serious question to be asked about why on british territory british citizens living there these are full british passport holders of why these peoples are being treated like this for the sake of a station a base which is almost certain you might know more of the details of this in fact
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engaged in the activities that have been such a huge global story in terms of spying on pretty much everyone but that is happening on british north american british population there is being mistreated and with a record number of people currently out of work in france many would like to sit down the slum by heading back to school but the classrooms proving costly and few returning students can afford it says are stealing our reports. the point of view of six million unemployed youth as been well documented to date in france it's above twenty six percent and in deprived there isn't but concrete it can go as high as forty percent the chances of getting a job are so slim some of opted to go back to school but even that is proving to be problematic as students fall back to university campuses like this one for another academic year student unions are sounding the alarm over the cost of funding one year of study away from their parental home they say they'll have to shell out between ten thousand five hundred euros and fifteen thousand five hundred each year
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a very steep price they say in addition to what they see as a bleak future ahead of them. today the students from working classes have less possibility to access university education because of costs the university tuition fees are not very high but the cost of living is very hard returning to university this year is going to be difficult because all the fixed prices of food health what we call mandatory fees for social security all of it is going up in the month of september for the new school year he says is once again synonymous with sacrifice and financial hardship something that is all too familiar with a working student completing her degree unfit or her story is not uncommon finding herself in a vicious circle of ashley puts it trying to misinform them to me i'm an optimist but it's so complicated to think about my status and at the same time having to
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work you have to find a job but even if you find one there is no stable salary without a stable salary you can't rent a room it's not such an extreme idea that one day you'll end up on the streets there are public soon accommodation but never enough to meet demand government funding the number of public housing doubled by twenty twenty but does little to ease the present burden of an already lost general. there's a bit of good news though the budget for student scholarships has been increased to one hundred eighteen million euros starting this month which student unions hope with me better university access and experience some of the country's poorest. and for many heading into higher education that extra cash is vital to allow them to make the most of their studies and. many students get part time jobs to pay for their education that's less than twelve hours week but any more the education suffers from this is experiencing an economic crisis and we need to have more
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graduates for the future it's urgent that the public power has acknowledged the problem before it becomes catastrophic assuming one does not and should get an education and goes back to the question and managing to do something with it getting a job when there any tests are cilia are to paris now the u.s. drone fleet has just been expanded with a new supersonic addition as you can learn on our website amanda operations can now be carried out of the speed of sound or even faster after an engineering upgrade was applied to retired after sixteen so had a line for more details. and most plans to and its internet censorship although only for a twenty eight square kilometers of territory at r.t. dot com would tell you where china's tiny or a sense of web freedom will be. now
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the olympic torch usually gets a gentle jog around the event's latest host country before the games start but for saatchi it's going into hyper drive for a world wide track at more than twenty eight thousand kilometers an hour both reports from outside the baikonur cosmodrome to explain how. russian cosmonauts coach of and. along with american astronaut mike hopkins the trio are about to embark on the thirty seventh expedition to the international space station but along with carrying out the usual array of hundreds of scientific and medical experiments resound skin culture of have one more unusual task to perform in november now become the first people in history to carry the olympic torch into open space. at the caress you as a community will make it as beautiful and spectacular as we can we want to make it
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memorable millions of people around the world will be able to see us at work and see what we do you'll be able to see the outside of the eye assess with earth in the background we aim to make it a visual spectacle but we don't want to give you all the details just yet the torch will follow the crew to the i assess on a specially branded rocket once the russians have taken it on its unprecedented space walk it will head back to earth with returning crewmembers ready to continue its relay across russia. starting in moscow in early october where the torch is to travel sixty five thousand kilometers around the country and will be carried by fourteen thousand berries two of which will be on the i assess although it won't be late twenty's on skin culture of got their hands on it the very same torch will be used to light the cauldron during the games opening ceremony in february the crew of expedition thirty seven a relatively inexperienced only commander cult of has been to space before and he's providing
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a reassuring presence for the newest members of the space community but i'd also like to say i feel very competent and part of that comes from our commander who's obviously very experienced to us in the space craft but as you can see here in the press conference as well always has a calming presence after launch the soyuz spacecraft is set to over the four times before docking with the eye assess the entire journey taking just around six hours the crew set to remain on board until mid march michael fossum who returned from the i s s two years ago and one day hopes to go back and explains what they can expect i'm very excited for my concern again is that as they look forward to their first flight they have dreamed about this like all of us relief from the time of childhood and now they're preparing to live that dream they're a little nervous they're a little excited and they're professionals they're looking forward to doing the job for which they've trained for many years while following the final preparations in the testing center behind me the rocket has now embarked on its journey to the
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launch pad and although this train track is only five kilometers long the journey is taken around two hours it has done a walking pace as not to damage the technical equipment inside and although all does look set there's plenty more final preparations to be done in the few hours ahead of launch. some of those preparations include cooling the rocket with nitrogen to minus two hundred seventy degrees to stabilize and keep the four hundred tons of fuel cool so that come the early hours of thursday morning this rockets can deliver the eye assess its recruits pull scott out say bye connell. and in just a few minutes we'll cat why guantanamo bay still remains an inescapable trap for it's in may two years after barack obama ordered to pull the plug.
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right to see. her struck. and i think you're. clear. this is a media lead us so we leave the media. by the same motions secure the other party there's a. push is that no one is asking with the guests that you deserve answers from it's all politics.
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yes. it's. quite simply it's. a system. restore the occasion of the first the law when. the president did not keep his promise. two years later one ton of money is still operating. and shutting the door on that detention center really and the trauma of one timeout . and can the closing of a prison really liberate those it once held captive.

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